February 2017

Once again a wet and dreary Monday afternoon was brightened up for visitors to our cafe. Colourful flowers on the table helped to lift the spirits, and very soon a room full of chattering guests were busy puzzling over a musical quiz or a word-search, and the rain on the window was forgotten!
Our entertainer for the afternoon was ‘Just Jeff’, a talented singer, guitarist and clarinettist. We were soon listening to and singing along with a wide variety of songs ranging from old time musicals, through standards of the 30s and 40s to rock and roll from the 50s and 60s. Jeff kept everyone engaged with fascinating anecdotes and facts about some of the music and the performers, and tested everyone’s memories with a short quiz.

A break for afternoon tea gave everyone the chance to have a second look at the puzzled on the tables in between mouthfuls of some really delicious homemade cakes!
After refreshments Jeff continued on his musical journey through the decades and there was plenty of hand-clapping and swaying amongst the audience and even a little hand-jive and dancing where space allowed!

The performance concluded with some wonderful Gershwin on the clarinet, and an opportunity to brush up our rhythm skills on a variety of percussion instruments as we accompanied Jeff playing Kenny Ball’s ‘Midnight in Moscow’.
Having checked out our answers to the puzzles, thanks and enthusiastic applause were given to Jeff who we look forward to seeing again in the future.
Crantock Memory Cafe is open to anyone in the local area concerned about memory loss. Our next meetings will be held at Crantock Village Hall on Monday 20th February and Monday 6th March from 2pm – 4pm. We are always pleased to welcome new members, with their carers, and should you need further information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347.